Governors

Welcome to FHS’s Board of Governors

Academy Committee Information

Academy Committee Attendance

“WE STRIVE FOR OUR GOVERNORS TO BE AS UNIQUE AND DIVERSE AS OUR OWN SCHOOL COMMUNITY, FOR WHICH WE ARE VERY PROUD”

INTRODUCING GOVERNORS & ACADEMY COMMITTEES

Fairfield High School’s Governors sit on an Academy Committee (AC), whose purpose is to support and advise the Principal and Excalibur Academies Trust’s Board of Trustees in delivering effective welfare, behaviour and extra-curricular provision. In every aspect of its work, ACs look through the lens of the child, asking: “What is it like to attend this school?”, whilst being mindful to avoid adding to the Principal’s workload.

ACs help shape a school’s vision, build links with local community, provide specialist volunteer skills/knowledge and give vital input to statutory processes (for example complaints, exclusions and recruitment).

The responsibility of monitoring and improving educational outcomes lies with the Trust’s professional Academy Improvement Team.

Responsibilities

To fulfil these functions, the Academy Committee has the following responsibilities:

  • Culture, vision and ethos
  • Personal development and staff and pupil welfare
  • Behaviour and Attendance
  • Extra-Curricular provision
  • Safeguarding
  • Engagement and promotion within local community
  • Staffing, behaviour and complaints panels
  • Senior management recruitment/performance management

Governor Roles

The Academy Committee must appoint Governors to the following roles: Careers Governor, Health & Safety Governor, Safeguarding Governor & SEND Governor. Depending on the school’s size, additional roles should also be assigned; examples include Education Performance Governor, Pupil Premium & Inclusion Governor and Finance Governor.

Safeguarding & Training

Excalibur maintains a strong safeguarding culture and ethos, with all Governors applying for an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, in addition to undertaking mandatory safeguarding and cyber-security training. It is the responsibility of the nominated Safeguarding Governor to ensure this is adhered to and the Trust monitors compliance. Supplementary training to support Governors in their role is also available.

All Governors and Trustees must agree to be bound by the Excalibur Academies Trust Code of Conduct, with annual compulsory recommitment and declaration of business interests.

More information

Further information about the Excalibur’s Academy Committees can be found by visiting:

https://www.excalibur.org.uk/governance/join-us/ or contacting the Trust’s Head of Governance:

Cathryn Poole: [email protected]

WELCOME FROM THE CHAIR OF GOVERNORS 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Few parents or carers come into contact with the Academy Committee of the School so this is just a short description of what we do.

As part of the Excalibur Multi-Academy Trust most of the day to day management of finance, buildings and infrastructure is handled by a professional team based in Marlborough and in the School itself.

Governors have standard areas of responsibility which include:

  • Helping to shape the culture, vision and ethos of the school
  • Personal development, welfare and safeguarding of students and staff welfare
  • Behaviour and attendance
  • Extra-curricular provision
  • Engagement and promotion of the school within the local community

We carry out these tasks by a mix of regular formal meetings held four times a year, visits where we see what is going on in the classroom, and discussions with members of the leadership team responsible for the vast range of things that schools now do inside and outside the classroom.

The Board is made up of parent, staff and community governors. The latter group is made up of people from the local area who want to support the School and what it stands for. Please keep an eye out for some upcoming vacancies on the ‘Becoming a Governor Page’.

If you want to know more please email me direct at [email protected]

Best Wishes

Jeremy

Mr Jeremy Benson, Chair of the Academy Committee, Fairfield High School, Bristol

As a Governing Body, and school, we are very proud to be a part of EXCALIBUR ACADEMIES TRUST; click here to visit the Trust’s web page.